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School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Water and Wastewater Technician

Jan 06, 2020
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Delivery Options

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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

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Open Studies

Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program.
It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

International Students

Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Applicants who have successfully completed other post-secondary courses may be eligible for advanced standing in the Water and Wastewater Technician courses.  Applicants wishing to investigate this option must present the following:

  • Mark transcripts of the previous related training
  • Course outlines or adequate description of the courses

Contact Darren Demchuk (demchukd@nait.ca) for additional details about transfer credit.

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Collect, distribute, treat and manage our most valuable resource

Freshwater is the planet's most important resource. It's necessary to sustain life, cultivate food and generate power. Although 70% of the Earth's surface is covered by water, less than 1% of it is freshwater. This natural scarcity, coupled with an increasingly environmentally-conscious society, has created a strong demand for highly skilled, well-trained professionals in the field of water management.

The NAIT Water and Wastewater Technician program – the only such program in Alberta – is designed to provide you with the important skills necessary for a rewarding career in this growing industry.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills 

In this program, you'll be instructed in the fields of water treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection and wastewater treatment. You'll experience a combination of traditional classroom delivery, self-study and tutor-supported activities.

Hands-on training in labs will help you develop the skills to maintain and operate mechanical equipment, treat water and enter the workforce prepared and ready to go.

By the time you graduate, you'll have a better understanding of:

  • Basic chemistry, math and electricity
  • Water and wastewater treatment processes
  • The operation and maintenance of water distribution and wastewater collection systems
  • Hydraulics
  • Blueprint reading

Become a trusted professional 

Career Opportunities

Highly skilled and well-trained personnel are needed to operate and maintain the wide variety of hydrologic systems now in use. Our graduates are in demand with:

  • Municipal public works departments
  • Contractors involved in the installation of water and wastewater systems
  • Companies who service and/or supply water and wastewater materials and equipment

Certification and Accreditation

Once you've graduated, you will earn a Water and Wastewater Technician certificate. That, in addition to the required amount of work experience, may also make you eligible to write the Alberta Environment Water and Wastewater Operator Certification examinations. 

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  • Toll free: 1.877.333.NAIT (6248)

General program information

Students who have been accepted into the program can apply for advanced credit. Please contact the program for more information. 

 



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Term 1

WWWT1101Math and Chemistry for Water and Wastewater Operators
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Water and Wastewater Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Become proficient in the mathematics and water chemistry required for water and wastewater facilities.

WWWT1102Survey and Blueprint Reading
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Water and Wastewater Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Understand the specifics of surveying and blueprint reading for water and wastewater facilities. Perform survey skills using field equipment such as a level and tripod.

WWWT1111Water Distribution Foundations
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Water and Wastewater Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Learn about water distribution pipe installations, storage facilities, water distribution systems, water main appurtenances; specifically valves and hydrants. Learn about water distribution pipe installations, storage facilities, water distribution systems, water main appurtenances; specifically valves and hydrants.

WWWT1121Water Treatment Foundations
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Water and Wastewater Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Study water treatment operator responsibilities, raw water sources, reservoir management, coagulation and flocculation processes, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, corrosion control, taste and odour problems, and water treatment plant operational procedures. An introduction to laboratory equipment and laboratory water testing procedures using QA/QC methods. Specific tests include; alkalinity, chlorine, color, hardness, jar testing, pH, and turbidity.

WWWT1131Wastewater Collection Foundations
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Water and Wastewater Technician program. Co-requisites: WWWT1101, WWWT1102, WWWT1111, WWWT1121, WWWT1141, WWWT1181.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Explore the purpose of wastewater collection systems, sources of wastewater, safety procedures, inspection testing, cleaning and installation of sewer mains and manholes, including calculating wastewater flows. Locate and identify wastewater collection components while demonstrating the proper techniques for the use of safety equipment.

WWWT1141Wastewater Treatment Foundations
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Water and Wastewater Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Understand the role of a wastewater treatment plant operator, including but not limited to wastewater sources, treatment facilities, and the components and processes surrounding racks, screens, comminutors, grit removal, sedimentation, flotation, trickling filters, rotating biological contractors, activated sludge, waste stabilization ponds, disinfection and chlorination. An introduction to laboratory equipment and laboratory water testing procedures using quality assurance/quality control methods. Specific tests include; total suspended solids, total solids, volatile suspended solids, total dissolved solids, biochemical oxygen demand, and dissolved oxygen.

WWWT1181Work Experience and Computers
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Water and Wastewater Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces the students to the functions and applications of a computer and allows the student to become proficient in the three applications most frequently used in business: word-processing, spreadsheets, file maintenance and introduction to the internet. Learn the process to be followed in the Water and Wastewater Co-op Work Experience portion of the program. You will be provided with valuable knowledge about the preparation of application letters and resumes, available jobs in the industry, basic interview strategies, and work experience reporting requirements.

Term 2

WWWT1191Industry Practicum
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Water and Wastewater Technician program. Prerequisite: WWWT1181.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

To qualify for a Water and Wastewater Technician Certificate, you are required to obtain a minimum of 600 hours of approved work experience and receive a favourable on-site evaluation from your work experience employer or practicum sponsor. Water and Wastewater staff will conduct an on-site visit to review your progress.

Term 3

WWWT1201Pumps and Fluid Dynamics
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Water and Wastewater Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Learn about chlorination equipment, types of pumps used in water and wastewater facilities including piping systems, hydraulics, pump theory and operation, and maintenance of air compressors and standby power units. Lab includes corrective maintenance and troubleshooting field equipment such as a split-case pumps and turbine pumps.

WWWT1203Introduction to Process Controls
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Water and Wastewater Technician program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

An introduction to the basic control and automation concepts and equipment used to control water treatment and wastewater treatment plants.

WWWT1211Intermediate Water Distribution
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: WWWT1111.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Explore the sources of ground water, operation and maintenance of wells, setting of water rates, selection, installation, testing and calibration of water meters. Laboratory activities are a mandatory part of this course. Test water meter accuracy and proper preventative and corrective maintenance for water meters in a laboratory.

WWWT1221Intermediate Water Treatment
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: WWWT1121.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Gain a thorough understanding of processes — iron and manganese control, fluoridation, water softening, specialized treatment membrane filtration, handling treatment plant wastes, treatment plant maintenance. You will also learn about plant instruments, safety skills, drinking water regulations and administrative duties. Master the skills of testing water samples and calibration of lab equipment following QA/QC procedures. Chlorine (amperometric), conductivity, fluoride, Langlier Index, sulfate, total dissolved solids, and total organic carbon are the parameters water is analyzed for.

WWWT1231Intermediate Wastewater Collection
  • Requisites: Prerequisite: WWWT1131.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Explore the operation and maintenance of lift stations, sewer rehabilitation programs, record keeping, administration and maintenance organization systems. The students will be given an opportunity to discuss their industry practicum experience. Analyze wastewater collection system components using closed circuit television and manhole inspections.

WWWT1241Intermediate Wastewater Treatment
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Water and Wastewater Technician program. Prerequisite: WWWT1141.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Activated sludge plants, sludge digestion, handling solids, effluent disposal, plant safety, equipment maintenance procedures, flow measuring devices, plant operation and maintenance, preparation and analysis of plant data. Wastewater is analyzed for ammonia, chemical oxygen demand, coli forms, E-coli, nitrate, nitrite, phosphorus, and sludge volume index are analyzed using QA/QC practices.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,167

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $925
Tuition Cap: $8,993

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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How much will first year cost?

Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $1,250
Level 1 Term 2: $1,250


The tuition and fee amounts are valid for the current academic year and are subject to change for subsequent intakes. For financial planning purposes, please use these totals as an approximate estimate of your costs. The approved tuition and fee information for your intake will be available in April.

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Jan 06, 2020

Term Start Date: Jan 06, 2020

Program Availability Status:  

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2019
Domestic Applicants: OP
International Applicants: OP

Entrance Requirements

  • Grade 12 English (English 30-1 or 30-2)
  • Math 20-1 or 20- 2 or Pure Math 20 or Applied Math 20
  • One of: Science 20, Physics 20, Chemistry 20 or Biology 20
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

Competitive Entrance Requirements:

60% overall average

Note: Competitive entrance requirements are determined by the program area and are subject to change without notice.

If you meet the minimum entrance requirements but do not meet the competitive requirements, find out if the Recognition of Prior Learning Pathway is right for you!

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Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.


*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

IVIS Inc. Water & Wastewater Technician Bursary $1,200.00
  • Award Amount: $1,200.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to students enrolled in the second semester of the Water & Wastewater Technician program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement.

NorQuest College - Dave Hoy Achievement Award $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to a NorQuest College student entering the first year of a Business or Technical program as a full-time student, and who have completed their studies with NorQuest College within the last three years. Awarded on the basis of the highest mark in two combined subjects as follows: if applying to a Technical program the subjects are Math and Science: if applying to a Business program the subjects are Math and English.

TransCanada - Aboriginal Entrance Awards Program $2,200.00
  • Award Amount: $2,200.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to a student of Aboriginal ancestry who is entering into any full-time program at NAIT related to the oil & gas/power industry. Awarded on the basis of community of origin, community involvement, academic achievement in high school, evidence of planning a career path, as well as financial need.

Western Canada Water and Wastewater Association Scholarship - Fall I $550.00
  • Award Amount: $550.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to a graduate of the Water and Wastewater Technician program in Edmonton. Awarded on the basis of the second highest overall academic achievement and not having received a previous award.

Western Canada Water and Wastewater Association Scholarship - Fall II $550.00
  • Award Amount: $550.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to a graduate of the Water and Wastewater Technician program in Edmonton. Awarded on the basis of the third highest overall academic achievement and not having received a previous award.

A. Golbeck Bursary $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to students in the second semester of Architectural Technology, Building Environmental Systems Technology, Construction Engineering Technology, Interior Design Technology, Geological Technology, Landscape Architectural Technology, Occupational Health & Safety, Water & Wastewater Technician, Chemical Engineering Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Engineering Design Technology, Geomatics Engineering Technology or Petroleum Engineering Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement, determination to succeed and demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to single parents.

Jesse Skwaruk Water Education Scholarship $500.00
  • Award Amount: $500.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to students enrolled in the second semester of the Water & Wastewater Technician program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of a minimum GPA of 2.7 and to a student with the best letter submission answering the question, Why do you think the water and wastewater industry is essential in Alberta?

Women in Technology & Trades Engineering Bursary $2,500.00
  • Award Amount: $2,500.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to female students at NAIT who are enrolled in the second year of the following programs: Alternative Energy Technology, Architectural Technology, Bachelor of Technology, Biological Sciences Technology, Biomedical Engineering Technology, Chemical Engineering Technology, Chemical Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Construction Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Engineering Design Technology, Geological Technology, Geomatics Engineering Technology, Instrumentation Engineering Technology, Landscape Architectural Technology, Materials Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Nanotechnology Systems, Petroleum Engineering Technology, Power Engineering 4th Class, Power Engineering Technology, Water and Wastewater Technician. Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Applicants must have achieved a satisfactory academic standing in the previous year.

Spartan Controls Ltd. Water and Wastewater Technician Scholarship $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 2

Criteria:
Available to students enrolled om the Water and Wastewater Technician program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement in the first semester of the program. Students must be a Canadian Citizen to receive this award.

Spartan Controls Ltd. Water and Wastewater Technician Bursary $1,000.00
  • Award Amount: $1,000.00
  • Number of Awards: 1

Criteria:
Available to students enrolled in the Water and Wastewater Technician program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and academic achievement in the first semester of the program. Students must be a Canadian Citizen to receive this award.

Distance offering

If you'd like to take NAIT's Water and Wastewater Technician program from outside of Edmonton, NAIT Continuing Education offers 3 distinct distance programs that can help you find a career in the water and wastewater industry:

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